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Technology

Using the Web for Marketing

Using the Web for marketing is popular for good reason. There are many low-cost tactics that require little to no cash outlay, such as e-mail and social media. All marketing initiatives take time, and these options are no exception.
Technology

Identifying Duplicate Values in an Excel List

Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, explains how to identify duplicate values in worksheets using any version of Excel.
A&A

Private Company Credit Risk Shows Signs of Improving

Privately held companies in the United States, on average, have a slightly improved credit position than a year ago, according to new data from Sageworks Inc., a financial information company.
Practice

How Employers Can Ensure I-9 Forms Are Correct

When Abercrombie & Fitch ran into problems with properly completing I-9 forms, it turned out to be a seven-figure mistake. A $1,047,110 fine was imposed, even though there was no proof the retailer knowingly hired illegal workers.
Education & Careers

Begin Living in Real Time

In your quest to keep pace with all that's thrown at you, do you find yourself frequently preoccupied? It seems as if many accountants are in overdrive today. We don't enjoy the morning because we're always in a rush. We don't enjoy the evening, because it goes by too fast.
Tax

Free Spreadsheet-Based Form 1040 Available for 2012 Tax Year

It's not just the IRS that's been madly updating forms for the 2012 filing season. Right on schedule, Glenn Reeves of Kansas has released his sixteenth spreadsheet-based version of the US Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040.
Practice

Dealing with Dementia - Practical Knowledge for Your Practice

Every year, countless Americans with dementia fall victim to financial fraud and abuse. They face an increased risk of being taken advantage of due to their diminished ability to detect willful deceit and understand finances.
Practice

Was Your Client Denied Business Credit?

If one of your clients recently applied for business credit and was rejected, he or she isn't alone. Learn five ways you can help a client whose business credit application was denied. A recent survey of banks and asset-based lenders found they had turned down more than a third of all businesses' applications for loans, according to Pepperdine University's 2013 Capital Markets Report.
Practice

Common Traits of Highly Successful Firms

Too many firm leaders experience "Groundhog Day" when it comes to reliving old challenges that prevent their company from moving to the next level of success. That message kicked off a session entitled "Common Traits of Highly Successful Firms" at the Winning Is Everything conference.
Technology

Tips to Help Prevent Identity and Data Theft

Information security is a 24-7, year-round job. Failing to properly monitor and respond in real time to threats exposes organizations, clients, and business partners to risks that could do significant harm to their companies.
Technology

Three Ways to Fill Blank Cells within Excel Spreadsheets

Periodically, you may have a need to fill in gaps within an Excel spreadsheet. One way to do so is to manually fill in each cell, but in this article, I'll show you three easy alternatives.
A&A

Credit Rating Agency Performance Needs Improvement

The continued poor performance of the credit rating agencies in providing adequate assurance of the creditworthiness of debt instruments requires stronger action from regulatory bodies.
Practice

Seven Tips for Branding Your Firm

Branding your firm means putting your firm’s reputation, people, expertise, and knowledge in front of clients and prospects. It means building new relationships, strengthening old ones, and working to keep your firm in people's minds.
Practice

Help Clients Save Time and Money

Firm owners are always looking for ways to save time and money. So why not take those findings to your clients? In other words, teach your clients what you've learned so that they, in turn, can save time and money and pay you for your consultative advice.
Technology

Homeland Security Warns of Java Vulnerability

IMPORTANT ALERT: Computer security sites across the Internet lit up last week with the news that hackers are actively exploiting vulnerabilities in the ubiquitous Java software that resides on many computers.
Technology

Smartphones Take Over

In his forward-thinking book "Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology," the late Dr. Neil Postman of New York University observed that the introduction of the automobile at the start of the twentieth century had a dramatic impact on society.
Technology

Social Media Trends: Where Does Your Firm Stand?

No one can deny that social media is on everyone's mind. Instead of looking at what everyone else is doing, let's look at what other accounting firms are doing - or at least thinking about doing.
Tax

UBIT: When a Nonprofit Is Profitable

When people think of a nonprofit organization they often automatically assume it is tax exempt, but that is not always the case. Certain exempt nonprofits are liable for tax if they have unrelated business taxable income.
Practice

In 2013, Check Out These Fast-Growing Industries

Looking to start fresh in 2013 through new business relationships or a new company? Sageworks conducted a financial statement analysis of privately held companies to identify the fastest-growing industries.
Tax

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: What It Means for You

In the final hour of January 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which in part addressed the dramatic sunset of favorable federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax exemption limits.

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